Michael Olunga in a past game for Japanese top tier side Kashiwa Reysol. He scored once on Sat 6 October - for a second straight weekend - to aid his side to a 3-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima Photo credit - Kashiwa Reysol
Olunga strikes in Japan
By Patrick Korir | Sat 06 Oct, 2018 11:00

Kenya's lead frontman Michael Olunga scored once to lead Japanese top tier side Kashiwa Reysol to a shock 3-0 win over joint table toppers Sanfrecce Hiroshima in a round 29 Premier League tie played at the Edion Stadium starting 8am on Saturday 6 October, 2018.

Olunga struck five minutes after the half hour mark, his goal coming eight minutes after Junya Ito had registered his brace with his second goal in a four minute blitz.

Also read Goal for Olunga in Kashiwa loss

The latest goal was the second straight for Olunga - and third overall for the club in seven games - who scored once as Kashiwa Resyol went down 3-2 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their last league game last Saturday.

His latest goal and the two from Ito brought the club's four game win less streak to a screeching end.

Olunga's two goals in a week couldn't have come at the right time as Kenya will require such services heading into a third round 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash with host Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Wednesday 10 October. The reverse game will be four days later in Nairobi. 


With three valuable points Kashiwa Reysol shoots up from relegation spot 17 into 13th with 33 points with a better goal difference over Jubilo Iwata. Sanfrecce Hiroshima are now win less in four straight games but nonetheless hang on to second spot in the 18-team log with 56 points behind leaders Kawasaki Frontale on goal difference.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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